MCA Releases New White Paper for Designers and Specifiers Requesting Custom Metal Color Samples

Sep 21, 2021

CHICAGO – September 21, 2021 -- The Metal Construction Association (MCA) has published a new white paper available for download on its website, The paper, “Custom Coil Samples”, details the vast array of custom color options available for designers and architects to select from, as well as the difficulty of custom color coil suppliers have in providing samples for review.

Custom color is commonplace in today’s construction and coil coated metal is no different than many other materials. Designers frequently search for something unique and different. One important tool to make a selection is the color sample. For standard colors, this is easily accomplished since the sheet manufacturer often has standard colored coil available. Custom color samples are generally not available in the standard 12” x 12” range. 

This paper discusses the three key elements required to create a custom color sample: 1) Paint Formulation, 2) Paint Application Thickness, and 3) Curing of the Painted Surface. While not an exact duplication of the true coil coating process, the custom color sample production process does provide a representative sample of the finished color appearance and will assist designers greatly in their decision-making process.

The white paper is available for download on the MCA website.

About the Metal Construction Association

The Metal Construction Association brings together a diverse industry for the purpose of expanding the use of metal in construction through marketing, research, technology and education. Companies involved in MCA gain tremendous benefit from association activities that focus on research, codes and standards, market development, and technical programs. MCA’s market development efforts increase the use of metal materials in construction through the education of the building and design communities about the benefits of metal.


Jennifer Smith
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